News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
You are here: Home / World Wide Web / GE's 'Industrial Internet' Taps AT&T
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
GE's 'Industrial Internet' Taps AT&T Network
GE's 'Industrial Internet' Taps AT&T Network
By Nancy Owano / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
OCTOBER
10
2013


General Electric announced Wednesday it will use AT&T's wireless network and cloud system as part of an ambitious growth plan for an "Industrial Internet" infrastructure. At its "GE Minds and Machines" conference in Chicago this week, GE detailed the world-class partners it is tapping to expand this goal, in connecting machines to the network and the cloud.

The most recent partners to support the expansion include Intel, Cisco and AT&T.

The AT&T network will provide connections for deployed industrial products in areas such as aviation, power and water, transportation, oil and gas, and health care systems to cloud computing services.

That means workers using the system will be able to remotely track, monitor, record and operate GE machinery virtually anywhere and everywhere. The partnership between the two is designed to help businesses realize the benefits of connected machines.

Going M2M

The scheme to be sure will make "Industrial Internet" an important concept in business management along with another catchphrase, the machine-to-machine (M2M) Internet.

A shortcut though simplistic explanation to what this infrastructure is all about can be boiled down to a few words, smart machines coupled with advanced analytics.

Basically, the scheme will involve putting data-gathering sensors on industrial equipment. Hardware with these sensors will ensure that machine performance can be constantly measured. The key goal is to improve business productivity through equipment monitoring.

This sensor data translates into information useful for business analysis diagnostics and maintenance. GE, for example, said fuel savings in aviation and gas turbines, as well as more-efficient railway and health care systems, could save billions of dollars annually.

Predictive solutions coupled with products with sensors will allow GE customers to see productivity gains and can minimize the risk of unplanned downtime.

"Observing, predicting and changing this performance is how the Industrial Internet will help airlines, railroads and power plants operate at peak efficiency." said Jeff Immelt, GE chairman and CEO.

This is where AT&T comes in, as the wireless network that will allow connectivity so that workers can keep tabs on their machines. GE will embed AT&T's global SIM, or subscriber identity module, into the industrial products, enabling them to make use of AT&T's network and cloud access.

Build-Out Partners

Andy Geisse, CEO of AT&T Business Solutions, said: "Imagine a world where an airline, for example, can remotely monitor, diagnose and resolve issues with its fleet engines virtually anywhere in the world."

Bill Ruh, vice president and corporate officer of GE Software, said that by connecting machines to the network and cloud, an important step is being taken "to enable workers around the world to track, monitor, and operate our machinery wirelessly and remotely through highly secure and machine-to-machine communications."

GE's Industrial Internet has been an ongoing effort, a critical and challenging build-out that calls for managing industrial data in a secure way. Companies already on board with the build-out have included Amazon Web Services, Accenture and Pivotal.

As for AT&T, the GE partnership marks a valuable step forward for the company.

"This is a significant win for the U.S. operator, which will enable it to add millions of M2M connections to its tally in the coming years, and a significant announcement for the M2M sector," said Morgan Mullooly, analyst at Analysys Mason, a consulting and research firm with a focus on telecoms, media and technology.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Jeff Frick:

Posted: 2013-10-14 @ 6:14pm PT
Watch the Customer Panel here.
http://goo.gl/lb57Hk

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.
MORE IN WORLD WIDE WEB
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Dairy Queen is known for its hot fries and sweet treats, but it just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Alert: HP Recalls 5 Million Notebook AC Power Cords
HP is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in the U.S. and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Sets Sept. 9 Event: iPhone 6, iWatch on Tap?
Save the date. Apple formally announced that its long-anticipated “special event," will take place on September 9. Does the tech giant have the iPhone 6, and the iWatch up its sleeve?
 
Samsung's New Smart Watch Makes Calls Without Phone
Following up on the Gear 2, Samsung has unveiled a new 3G smart watch, the Gear S, that stands out in its ability to make phone calls and send text messages without a smartphone.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.